October 1, 2018

Email Fail: Why You Never Got Your Song -.-


If you haven’t been getting the “NEWSFLASH from RATHWORLD” email newsletter, I apologize. Meaning well, whilst adding ppl to the subscription they opted into – I’d personally write an email & send them a free song (by attaching an mp3). Unfortunately, that email with mp3 (and maybe all other emails since – newsletter included – went largely unseen.

If you’d like to hear the song I sent you, check your spam or junk for rathburnj@gmail.com. I’m sending the newsletter from Jake@JakeRathburn.com from now on, which sounds OFFICIALER anyway!

I sincerely appreciate your continued support.

Speaking of which – below is the 1st track on my 3rd album (BETTY). “Why Ya Gotta Be So Pretty?” is a pretty shallow title, but a nice lil jam nonetheless.  If you’d like to hear the rest of BETTY, click here for YouTube. It’s also on Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify. Please comment, share, and like. Thanks 🙂

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April 13, 2018

Singer-songwriter Showcase Announcement on 4/21


I’m excited to announce an event coming up: Carly and I were invited to play a singer-songwriter event (OMH = Open Mic Hootenanny) on April 21 at

True Freedom Recovery
4501 Allison St
Norwood, OH 45212

We’ll go on somewhere between 8p and 9pm for a 30 min showcase

Free event!

Hope to see you there^^

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February 27, 2018

Betty’s about ready to master

Hey y’all: Thank you all for your love and support of this here music dream.

I’m getting close to releasing my baby (for the last 2 years), “Betty”. Dedicated to my ex, it illustrates some fun, some love, some supreme heartache. In the meantime I want you to have the demo version of Betty for FREE. We can work out postage, but I really just value your input. I want this album to be as good as poss^^

Please email me and I’ll send you Betty (demo); help me workout some kinks, will ya please?

Hugs and stuff,


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September 16, 2016

Improve Yo Lyrics

I struggled for years, haphazardly reaching for lyrics, often drinking to access that creative spark. It sometimes worked really F-ing well, but mostly didn’t. Earlier this year, after starting to try to get sober, I reached out a friend and fellow songwriter, Richard Cooper, who gave me a few leads on how to improve my music. He suggested the book Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison. It gives you great tips and daily exercises to improve song structure. Definitely recommend buying it. Here’s part of a recent exercise – an example of 4 lines (4 stressed syllables each, with the rhyme structure of  a a b a):

Writing Better Lyrics: Exercise 20

Once in a while you get what you need
But most of the time you’re a bird in a tree
Waiting around for a worm to climb up;
the benefit is you stay skinny.

Keep up with me as I continue conquering alcoholism and that other tragic addiction of mine: Music!

Listen below to a song I wrote, feat. the amazing David Sharkey on saxophone.

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December 20, 2013

Have a Holly Jolly One!!

Merry Christmas!! Thanks so much for making 2013 my best year ever! Enjoy time with your family and friends 🙂 Sei vorsichtig oder hab’ Spaß!! (Be careful or have fun!)

Please Like my music page here!

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